Kokomo Perspective 03 22 2017 E Edition Page A1

765-452-0055 kokomoperspective.com e-edition For Local Weather Call 457-9211 Sponsored by: City of Kokomo, Coca-Cola, White's Meat Market Over 4.50 Million Callers Stay in touch with the latest in our community at kokomoperspective.com March 22, 2017 com Community helps veteran hit by tornado Organizations pitch in to put a new roof on George Dean's house, Boy Scouts organize a clean-up day Perspective Photo / Alyx Arnett TORNADO DAMAGE - George Dean (second from left) points out damage on his house that was left by the Aug. 24 tornadoes. hen Vietnam veteran George Dean returned home on Aug. 24 after playing pool, his house looked nothing like how he leftit. His roof was torn up. Sixteen trees in his yard were uprooted, and his garage sustained damage. Thankfully, two evergreen trees fell in a way that blocked neighboring debris from slam- ming into his home, preventing further damage from the tornadoes that swept through Howard County that day. I stopped out in the road, and I couldnt see my house. All I could see was brush out there and fallen trees. I thought, Oh, my god. My house is gone, said Dean. However, when he realized his house could be considered one of the lucky ones in comparison to other homes that were flattened, he said he just was glad it wasnt worse. It ended up getting worse for him when he made a call to his insurance agent to report the claim. Dean found out his insurance had lapsed due to a change with his company that lefthis money sitting in escrow. He was unin- sured. I thought I had insurance. She told me no. I wasn't notified. I had no house insurance, no car insurance, no motor- cycle insurance, nothing, he said. by Alyx Arnett Editor editor@kokomoperspective.com Dean said he had a small amount in savings, and he fig- ured hed have to drain itand save more-in order to fix the damages that later were esti- mated at $8,600. It wasnt long, though, be- fore Dean got a call from Larry Shaw, past commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Shaw, who lives in Mar- ion, saw the tornado damage in Howard County on TV and called the local commander to see whether any members lo- cally had sustained damage. At that time, it was unknown, so Shaw started going down his list of members and making calls to all the members with Howard County addresses to see whether they were OK. Thats how I found out George had problems, Shaw said. Shaw took the issue back to the state commander, each chapter commander, and pres- ent state icers, and the Mili- tary Order of the Purple Heart Department of Indiana voted to pledge $3,000 to help Dean with repairs. Through getting other com- manders involved, word spread to Terry Baumfalk, senior vice commander of Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 28. Baumfalk, a Vietnam veteran himself, knew of Dean through the organiza- tion called Hoosiers Helping Heroes that Dean co-founded with the late Karen Speicher- weimer in 2006. For nine years, the pair, along with countless volunteers, sent 10,000 care packages overseas to veterans. The organization eventually ended after Speicherweimer was diagnosed with cancer in 2015. I drive by his house all the time, and I knew George be- cause he was involved with Hoosiers Helping Heroes, said Baumfalk. I figured, h pla lo o lo ook le e le et it i . Hi H His edi e edit Tornado A7 (Continued Below) (Continued From Above) 82-year-old child molester sentenced to 10 years Longfellow previously pleaded guilty to molesting a 13-year-old girl A Kokomo man will serve a decade in the Department of Correction after pleading guilty to a charge of child mo- lestation. Marion Longfellow was sentenced on Friday in Howard Superior Court Four to spend 10 years in D.O.C. The sentence comes after the 82-year-old previously pleaded guilty to molesting a 13-year-old girl repeatedly in his Ko- komo residence. Per a plea deal, Long- fellow pleaded guilty in exchange for having the charge reduced from a level 1 felony to a level 4. The charge stems from an investiga- tion conducted by the Kokomo Police Department in May of last year. During an interview with the victim, investiga- tors learned the incidents between Long- by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com Longfellow A6 Comprehensive plan moves to common council Commission unanimously favors document to guide future development Kokomos new comprehensive plan is one step closer to completion. Last week the Kokomo Planning Commission gave a unanimous fa- vorable recommendation to the citys new comprehensive plan, which has been in development for about a year. With the commissions approval, the plan that will provide guidelines for the City of Firsts future development moves on to the Common Council for approval. I think its a good plan in moving the city forward, said Greg Sheline, executive director of the plan commis- sion. There's a lot of objectives. If you look back at the old plan, which is now 16 years old, a lot of those objectives have been met. Hopefully in 15 years Plan A7 by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com Health department chairman voices concerns After three health board members sound support for ban, chairman thinks help may be needed Opinions differ within the Howard County Health De- partment concerning the re- cent smoking ordinance. Last weeks meeting of the health departments board primarily revolved around discussions concerning the re- cent smoking ordinance. More specifically, Dave Sedam, the board chairman, raised ques- tions about how the depart- ment's staff of inspectors will enforce the ban. While he fret- ted over a potential workload increase, others said no such issue should arise. Presently, seven inspectors work for the health depart- ment. Three of these inspec- tors work part time, and one of the part-time employees only works for about half the year. Their du- ties range from restaurant and tattoo parlor in- Ban A6 by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com

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